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The European Union (in short, EU) signed
the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities in 2010.


The United Nations Convention is an important 
document that tries to make sure the rights of people 

with disabilities are respected.


The United Nations Committee on the Rights 

of Persons with Disabilities (in short, the UN CRPD
Committee) is a group of people 
that checks
what countries do to make sure the rights of persons
disabilities are respected.


This year, the CRPD Committee tried to find out 

whether or not the EU was doing a good job.

They wanted to find out if the European Union included
the rights   of 
people with disabilities in European laws
and policies.


In August, the CRPD Committee, disability organisations
and   the 
European Union met. They tried to see what
the European Union 
could do better.


The UN CRPD Committee published a document.

The document said the European Union did a lot
of good things,
but that is not enough.

They still have more work to do.


The members of the European Parliament 

will now read this document carefully and try
to put in practice the advice they got.

To do this, they are going to write a report about
what they should 
do to improve the lives of persons
with disabilities in Europe.


The European Parliament will organise a meeting 

with disability organisations and persons
with disabilities to hear what they should 
include in the report.


This meeting is called a Public Hearing.

The Public Hearing will take place on 27 January
at the European 


If you want to attend this Public Hearing, 

you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The agenda is available in easy-to-read here. 



The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) ensures that all persons with disabilities enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The European Union (EU) has signed UN CRPD, and its efforts to implement the Convention have been reviewed by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities last year.

The Committee has reviewed measures taken by the European Union (EU) to ensure that the rights of people with disabilities are considered in policies and other relevant legislative proposals. After this review, the UN Committee has published its Concluding Observations, stating that the European Union was systematically failing in certain areas and as a result, European measures were not good enough.

As a response to the United Nations review, the European Parliament (EP) is drafting a report on the implementation of the UN CRPD in the EU, with special regards to the Concluding Observations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. MEP Helga Stevens, member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, is the rapporteur for this report while eight Committees of the European Parliament are drafting their opinions on this report in relation to their own spheres of competences. As part of the drafting process, Ms. Stevens and other Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) plan to arrange consultations with stakeholders, including close consultation with the disability movement.

On Wednesday 27 January, the European Parliament will hold a Public Hearing on the European Parliament’s report on the Concluding Observations. At this event, all MEPs present will interact with the audience in four rounds of debate. Representative organisations, such as Inclusion Europe and the European Disability Forum, will be present at the Public Hearing.

Such event is of great importance as Ms. Stevens and other MEPs will receive feedback from the audience and take it into account when writing the European Parliament’s report.

More importantly, Inclusion Europe has worked with the European Parliament to make this event more accessible for persons with intellectual disabilities, starting with an Easy - to - Read agenda.

You can find the agenda of the Public Hearing here as well as the Easy – to – Read version here.

If you wish to attend the Public Hearing, please register by contacting: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.